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#93 “Rack” August 29, 2014

by Grape Stomper Todd on August 28, 2014

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Billiard_RackTODDCAST EPISODE 93: SHOW NOTES: Outline for this week’s episode:

 

WINE WORD OF THE DAY

 

Greetings Moonstoners, today is August 29th.  And summer is pretty much over and we’re getting back on track podcast-wise if harvest doesn’t get in the way!

 

On this day in 1869, the Mount Washington Cog Railway in New Hampshire was officially opened.  This was the first rack railway in the United States.   A rack and pinion railway was designed for steep grade climbing by using a toothed rail and and a cog wheel driven by the locomotive.  It began carrying passengers in 1868, but finally reached the summit in 1869.  It is still in operation today.  

 

And that brings us to our Wine Word of the Day:   Rack

 

Well I could go multiple ways here, Jill. We could talk about barrel racks, or racking wands, or the process of racking wine.

 

I think we can all guess what a barrel rack does, right? It holds the barrels in place and keeps them from rolling around. Barrel racks also allow us to stack the barrels on top of each other. We stack our barrels sometimes six barrels high. And after the recent earthquake in Napa, it gives me more than a little pause when I’m walking underneath them!

 

But another term in the cellar is “Racking”.  Think of racking as siphoning. Over time, particles or sediment falls to the bottom of the barrels. We call that sediment the “lees”. Well, we don’t want the mucky lees in your wine bottles so periodically we separate wine from the lees by siphoning the clean wine out of the barrels. The wine is sucked out of the barrel by siphoning, or with a pump, or the wine is “pushed” out of a barrel using pressurized gas. All of these techniques are referred to as racking.

 

The wine goes from the barrel to a stainless steel tank and then the sediment is washed out of the barrels.  The wine is then returned to the freshly cleaned barrels.  The whole process is known as “racking” or “rack and return”. The tool we put in the barrel to help us remove just the wine and not the lees is known as “racking cane” or a “racking wand”. I wish it was a magic wand to make the tedious process happen instantly!

 

To be honest, I don’t know where the term “rack” or “racking” comes from. I’m stilling wracking my brain to figure that one out!

 

For transcripts links and more toddcasts go to moonstonecellars.com/wwd. if you have any suggestions for more words, historical facts or tips on which wines you’d pair with a rack of ribs, please send your emails to info@moonstonecellars.com.

And until next time, cheers to you

 

TASTING ROOMORS (Happenings in the Tasting Room)

Pinedorado Weekend!

Harvest has begun!

October 2nd, Kickoff to the Scarecrow Festival

October 18th, it’s our first annual Game Night!  

 

 

BOOZE NEWS & VIEWS

This is not good news.

http://www.wineindustryinsight.com/ex_nf.php?url=http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-08-24/california-quake-crumples-buildings-as-scores-are-hurt.html


This means war.

http://www.themoscowtimes.com/business/article/russia-s-presidential-staff-buys-a-million-bottles-of-european-wine/505007.html


Gone to seed.

http://www.thedrinksbusiness.com/2014/08/ancient-grape-seeds-unearthed-in-chianti/


I promise we’re not doing this.

http://www.latimes.com/food/dailydish/la-dd-alcohol-delivery-models-underwear-20140813-story.html


Good news for your tummy.

http://www.wineindustryinsight.com/ex_nf.php?url=http://www.academicwino.com/2014/08/red-wine-foodborne-norovirus.html/


Giving you the finger.

http://www.thedrinksbusiness.com/2014/08/nail-polish-to-detect-drugged-drinks/

 

HAMMERED HOROSCOPES

Virgo, it’s clean-up time.  Fortunately you are the most organized of the signs.  And your amazing energy makes projects a breeze.  So tackle that wine cellar and get those bottles in order of date, and then crack open an older vintage while you work. The time will fly by.

 

ALCOHOL TRIVIA

Oh, the French.  There is one famous vineyard in France, which will remain unnamed, that considers its soil so precious that workers are required to scrape it from their shoes before they leave for the day.

 

CREDITS

Voice Over Talent – Ellen Dawson and Emmy-Award Winner,  Andrew Dawson (Andrew’s YouTube Channel)

Utter Nonsense – Jill and Todd


 

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#92 “Crossing” August 8, 2014

by Grape Stomper Todd on August 8, 2014

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GTRTODDCAST EPISODE 92: SHOW NOTES: Outline for this week’s episode:

WINE WORD OF THE DAY

Greetings Moonstoners, today is August 8th and on this day in 1963, the British woke up to disturbing news.  A large gang of thieves ambushed a Royal Mail train heading to London and made off with over 2.5 million pounds.  This event has been dubbed the Great Train Robbery.   15 robbers were involved, and though almost all were caught and served prison time, most of the money was never recovered.  It was a well-planned heist that involved disabling a railroad crossing at the Bridego Railway Bridge.  Over the years, the robbery has been immortalized in several books, a few British television series, and numerous films.

And that brings us to our Wine Word of the Day:  Crossing

In wine speak, crossing refers to grapes created by breeding two varieties of the same genus.  Crosses are created in an effort to produce a plant with the best traits of its parents, such as disease and pest resistance and better adaptability to environmental conditions.  

These crossings can occur intentionally or naturally. An example is the chance crossing of Cabernet Franc with Sauvignon Blanc to give us one to most enjoyed wines of all time, Cabernet Sauvignon.

If you cross species of grapes like the European vitis vinifera with the American species vitis labrusca, that is known as a “Hybrid” grape.  Chambourcin is a good example of such a popular hybrid grape grown in the United States. That grape was bred to resist fungal infections that are prevalent in humid environments.

In fact, many vines even in Europe can be thought of as hybrids. Especially if you consider most of France’s Bordeaux region is planted on Texas rootstock that is resistant to phylloxera. The growers there graft on their famous Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and other European native grapes on to American rootstock to avoid damage from the hungry nematodes.

Not that the French would care to admit that vines from Texas are one secret to their success. That fact still makes them a little “cross”.

For transcripts, links and more Toddcasts, go to moonstonecellars.com/wwd.  If you have any suggestions for more words, historical facts, or tips on which summer movies to see, because I’m going to recommend “Miller’s Crossing”, a prohibition-era gangster movie about competing mobs trying to control the liquor business on their turf, please send emails to, info@moonstonecellars.com

And until next time, cheers to you!


TASTING ROOMORS (Happenings in the Tasting Room) 
 

Party cancelled for Aug. 16th
 
Moonstone Cellars coming to Rhode Island soon! 


BOOZE NEWS & VIEWS 
 
Sure, why not.
http://www.thedrinksbusiness.com/2014/08/deep-fried-alcohol-proves-a-hit/
 
I’m getting better!
http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/08/01/us-france-hospital-idUSKBN0G14KD20140801
 
 
 
HAMMERED HOROSCOPES
Leo, someone has been trying to tell you something, but maybe you aren’t listening, which is good because what they are trying to tell you might not be true.  Keep an open ear, but afterward, do some research.  When they tell you that they have found a $4 bottle of wine that’s as good as any $100 bottle of wine, don’t take their word for it, try it for yourself.  But trust us, you will probably want to keep the spit bucket handy.
 
ALCOHOL TRIVIA
Falling under the category of strange laws… in West Virginia, a bar is able to advertise prices for liquor and mixed drinks, but it is unlawful to advertise a brand name.  So I guess you have to order that beer with the Clydesdales or that  (ahem) water from Colorado.

 
CREDITS
Voice Over Talent – Ellen Dawson and Emmy-Award Winner,  Andrew Dawson (Andrew’s YouTube Channel)
Utter Nonsense – Jill and Todd

 

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#91 “Saignee” August 2, 2014

August 2, 2014

TODDCAST EPISODE 91: SHOW NOTES: Outline for this week’s episode: WINE WORD OF THE DAY Greetings from the east Moonstoners, today is August 1st, and we have been AWOL for a few weeks.  But we return in time for a bloody day in history.  It seems August 1st has been a pretty deadly day in […]

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#90 “Heavy” July 11, 2014

July 11, 2014

TODDCAST EPISODE 90: SHOW NOTES: Outline for this week’s episode: WINE WORD OF THE DAY (Opener)  Jill, I drove all day today and I’m feeling a little punchy   Greetings from the road Moonstoners, today is July 11th  and we say happy birthday to Leon Spinks.  Neon Leon, as he was called, became the Heavyweight […]

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#89 “Bonds” July 4, 2014

July 3, 2014

TODDCAST EPISODE 89: SHOW NOTES: Outline for this week’s episode: WINE WORD OF THE DAY  Greetings revelers, it’s the 4th of July,but before the fireworks go off, let’s say happy birthday to  one of the most infamous bond traders in history, Michael Milken. Known as the King of the junk bonds, Milken spent 22 months […]

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#88 “Settling” June 13, 2014

June 12, 2014

TODDCAST EPISODE 88: SHOW NOTES: Outline for this week’s episode:   WINE WORD OF THE DAY Greetings Moonstoners, today is Friday the 13th.  And on this day in 2005, just down the road from us in Santa Maria, a jury acquitted Michael Jackson of all charges in a scandalous case where Michael was accused of […]

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#87 “Press” June 6, 2014

June 6, 2014

TODDCAST EPISODE 87: SHOW NOTES: Outline for this week’s episode: WINE WORD OF THE DAY Greetings Moonstoners, today is June 6th and we’re finally back!     But first, on this day in 2006, we lost legendary musician Billy Preston.  Preston was a child prodigy. By the tender age of 10, he was  playing gospel […]

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#86 “DNA” April 25, 2014

April 25, 2014

TODDCAST EPISODE 86: SHOW NOTES: Outline for this week’s episode: WINE WORD OF THE DAY Greetings Moonstoners, today is April 25.  And I bet you didn’t know that today is DNA Day! DNA Day is a holiday celebrated on April 25. It commemorates the day in 1953 when James Watson, Francis Crick, Maurice Wilkins, Rosalind […]

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#85 “Persistence” April 18, 2014

April 18, 2014

TODDCAST EPISODE 85: SHOW NOTES: Outline for this week’s episode: WINE WORD OF THE DAY    Greetings Moonstoners, today is April 18th.  And on this day in 1981, two Triple A teams in Rhode Island would begin what was to become the longest professional baseball game ever played.  The Pawtucket Red Sox and the Rochester […]

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#84 “Soft” April 4, 2014

April 4, 2014

TODDCAST EPISODE 84: SHOW NOTES: Outline for this week’s episode: WINE WORD OF THE DAY  Q: What if Bill Gates had a dime for every time Windows crashed…  A: Oh, wait a minute, he already does!*  Greetings Moonstoners, today is April 4th.  And on this day in 1975, two precocious kids in Albuquerque, New Mexico, […]

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